The couple on the right are Geoff & Mary Norridge, who lead the Pastoral Training Course (PTC), along with the man on their left Barrie Wood and his wife (not pictured) Mary. We were privileged to participate in the PTC on Saturday, February 13, 2010. We met people from various places in the UK, and learned right along with them some important lessons on Pastoral Counseling, Street Pastors, and Conflict Resolution. We also participated in small group discussions on Discipleship. Each session was dynamic in content, and challenging in application. The PTC takes place once a month for 10 months and is designed for anyone who finds themselves pastoring people. Small group leaders, pastors, teachers, administrators, doctors, nurses or any other people in the market place who oversee others.
Don & I are staying with Geoff & Mary here in the UK and spent today sight seeing at a beautiful palace called Blenheim Palace. If you follow the link you will see beautiful pictures of Blenheim. It is an amazing place! You’ll have to see the pictures on the website to appreciate how beautiful it is. It is the birth place of Winston Churchill.
While sightseeing, we spent a great deal of time sharing together about PTC and the spiritual foundations within it. We were stirred and challenged by listening to Geoff and Mary share how it began, the changes they’ve made over the years and how Salt & Light churches have benefited by having their people go through it on a regular basis. It has been offered to churches for the past 10 years and is bearing amazing fruit. Don & I will be bringing this concept home and allowing the Lord to help us implement it among our Family of Churches in the U.S. The content of PTC is far too vast to share here and we are would be remiss to try.
Suffice it to say we are on a huge learning curve during this time and we find ourselves very excited to see what the future holds, not only for us, but for our Family of Churches!